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The Departed Podcast Episode Show Notes — 91% on Rotten Tomatoes

Maximilian Rivera May 22, 2018

You know what’s a good movie? The Departed (2006). The Podcast Boys finally take it on in this week. Directed by Martin Scorsese, this film is based on a Chinese picture called Infernal Affairs. This crime drama has long been celebrated, and it’s easy to understand why once you see it. As a film that plays with the concepts of identity, authority, fatherhood, and paranoia, it is expertly crafted. There are a lot of tense moments that leaves the viewer sweating, which means you’ll end this one looking like Alec Baldwin.

This is our first crime drama that we’ve hit in a while — we have previously talked about duds like Takers, as well as moderately okay films like Lawless. But here we knock it out of the park with a Scorsese picture.

While we’ve talked about a lot of movies, we’ve rarely hit something as good as The Departed. The podcast boys were MORE than happy to have this quality picture on our plate.

There are many good things about this movie, and there are also a few nitpicks. There are some moments where I question what Scorsese was thinking with editing and framing of some shots, but the story, direction, and acting are so strong that I honestly don’t care too much about those weird shots.

We also take time in this episode to talk about new release Deadpool 2! If you enjoyed the first Deadpool, you will probably enjoy its sequel. We won’t go too spoilery here, but we both felt it worked well enough, even if its not nearly as innovative or fresh as the first film. Of course, we would love to hear from you about your thoughts on the new Deadpool movie — so contact us and let us know!

It’s also time we start planning for the next Listeners’ Choice episode. This time, you have some hard choices — they include a black ops film, an irreverent comedy, a coming of age film, and some Daniel Day Lewis. Peep them below! Make sure you cast your vote on Twitter, as well!

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.